The 2022 ADAPT Leadership Awards Honorees are:
Tony, SAG, and Emmy-winning actress. Star of Broadway’s
Trouble in Mind, A Christmas Carol, Once on This Island, The
Color Purple, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.
– Co-Anchor of ABC News’
GMA3: What You Need to Know and 20/20. Author,
New York Times bestseller, “Better: How I Let Go of
Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour,"
and co-author of “Better Together!”
– Actor and Entrepreneur,
of CafeMedia and two philanthropic organizations, Do
Something and The People,
co-author of the book “Better Together!” and longtime star
of the series Melrose Place.
Ali Stroker –
Actor, 2019 Tony Award-winner for Best Featured Actress in a
Musical for her role as Ado Annie in Oklahoma, first
actor in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway, author of the
book “The Chance to Fly.”
honored to have such distinguished and deserving honorees
for our 2022 ADAPT Leadership Awards,” said Gary Geresi,
Board Chair of ADAPT Community Network. “Ali
Stroker is a groundbreaking trailblazer and a leader in the
disabled community. She is also
a dedicated supporter of ADAPT Community Network and a
longtime co-chair of Women Who Care.
LaChanze is a
world-acclaimed international star and a role model, and as
a founding member of Black Theatre United, an active
champion for Broadway, challenging action in creating a
truly representative industry.
Amy Robach and Andrew Shue are both highly respected in the
world of news, entertainment, and business. They have both
worked tirelessly to help a wide range of organizations
helping families and raising awareness for important medical
issues in our community and nationwide.”
Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network,
will be honored with
the Hausman Humanitarian Award.
Woodruff, Emmy winning anchor and
managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, will host the gala.
Past ADAPT Leadership Award honorees Al Roker, Emmy
Feature Anchor, NBC TODAY and Co-Host of 3rd Hour, TODAY,
and Deborah Roberts,
ABC News senior national affairs correspondent reporting for
20/20, Nightline, Good Morning America,
and World News Tonight with David Muir, will
return as Honorary Gala Chairs. Honorary Gala Co-Chairs will
be: Cara Buono, star of Stranger Things;
Tamsen Fadal, Emmy winning PIX11 News Anchor & Host,
The Broadway Show with Tamsen Fadal; Abigail Hawk,
star of Blue Bloods; Susan Lucci, Emmy winning
actress, entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling
author; and Mike Woods, Emmy winning meteorologist,
FOX 5 Good Day New York.
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About ADAPT Community Network
the leading human service not‐for‐profit and a pioneer in
providing cutting‐edge programs and services for people with
disabilities. Every day, we build a more inclusive world for
thousands of New Yorkers through education, technology,
health, residential, and recreational programs in all five
boroughs. Our schools and services encompass many people who
have challenges beyond cerebral palsy such as autism, Down
syndrome, spina bifida, and neuromuscular disorders, among
others. We are the largest provider of pre‐school education
for children with disabilities in New York. ADAPT’s 100
comprehensive programs serve over 20,000 children and adults
with disabilities and their families.
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